In memory of
Willie "Bill" Hadley
In memory of
Willie "Bill" Hadley
GRAHAM - Mr. Willie "Bill" Hadley age 89 of Graham, NC transitioned from labor to reward on October 9, 2020 at his home. The body of Mr. Hadley can be viewed on Tuesday October 13, 2020 at Sharpe Funeral Home from 12 to 7pm. The graveside services will be held on Wednesday at 1:00pm at Children's Chapel Cemetery with burial immediately following. Willie "Bill" Hadley was the 8th of 13 children born on June 5, 1931, to Minter and Roberta Cotton Hadley. He grew up in Chatham County and attended Terrell's Chapel School and Horton School. He is survived by sons, Willie B. Hadley (Ana) of Encino, CA and Randy B. Hadley (Amie) of Orlando, FL and one daughter, Robyn S. Hadley of St. Louis, MO; one brother, Edward Hadley (Paulette) of Pittsboro, NC; two sisters, Joyce McKissick and Lois Hadley of Pittsboro, NC; grandchildren, Nathan and Alyssa Hadley of Encino, CA; Jhase Jefferies of Burlington, NC; Brycen, Skylar and Keyghan Hadley of Orlando, FL. In 1955 Bill married Ruth Burnett from Graham and they raised three children: Robyn, Billy, and Randy. Bill began working at an early age, enjoyed being outdoors and working with his hands. As a teenager and young man he became known as "Fireball Hadley," a left-handed pitcher who threw fast and hard. While Bill did not achieve his dream to play professional baseball he lived to see part of that dream come true through his grandson Nathan who was drafted as a pitcher by the Minnesota Twins. Bill worked at the Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Mill, then later for Burlington Industries (BI) Transportation Division from which he retired in 2003 after 38 years. For years after his retirement he enjoyed meeting his BI coworkers and friends for breakfast on Saturday's once a month. While most of Bill's work time was spent at BI, throughout his life he was always known for working multiple jobs: landscaping, janitorial services, detailing vehicles, truck driving, and working with show horses. He could fix almost anything or he would put you in touch with someone who could help you and do a good job. Bill was also known as a sharp dresser. Wherever he went, Bill was well known for driving a spotless car or truck. While many people did not know him by name they knew him by the look and sound of his cars and trucks. More than anything Bill enjoyed sitting on his deck waving to people who drove by and talking with those who stopped by. The only places he really ever wanted to be were Graham and Pittsboro. Bill will be greatly missed by his family and many friends in the community and especially his three children who were with him when he passed away at his home in Graham supported by Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in the name of Willie R. Hadley to Pittsboro Church of God, PO Box 1284, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Mask are required for viewing and services. Sharpe Funeral Home has the pleasure of serving the Hadley Family.
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Willie "Bill" Hadley
GRAHAM - Mr. Willie "Bill" Hadley age 89 of Graham, NC transitioned from labor to reward on October 9, 2020 at his home. The body of Mr. Hadley can be viewed on Tuesday October 13, 2020 at Sharpe Funeral Home from 12 to 7pm. The graveside services will be held on Wednesday at 1:00pm at Children's Chapel Cemetery with burial immediately following. Willie "Bill" Hadley was the 8th of 13 children born on June 5, 1931, to Minter and Roberta Cotton Hadley. He grew up in Chatham County and attended Terrell's Chapel School and Horton School. He is survived by sons, Willie B. Hadley (Ana) of Encino, CA and Randy B. Hadley (Amie) of Orlando, FL and one daughter, Robyn S. Hadley of St. Louis, MO; one brother, Edward Hadley (Paulette) of Pittsboro, NC; two sisters, Joyce McKissick and Lois Hadley of Pittsboro, NC; grandchildren, Nathan and Alyssa Hadley of Encino, CA; Jhase Jefferies of Burlington, NC; Brycen, Skylar and Keyghan Hadley of Orlando, FL. In 1955 Bill married Ruth Burnett from Graham and they raised three children: Robyn, Billy, and Randy. Bill began working at an early age, enjoyed being outdoors and working with his hands. As a teenager and young man he became known as "Fireball Hadley," a left-handed pitcher who threw fast and hard. While Bill did not achieve his dream to play professional baseball he lived to see part of that dream come true through his grandson Nathan who was drafted as a pitcher by the Minnesota Twins. Bill worked at the Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Mill, then later for Burlington Industries (BI) Transportation Division from which he retired in 2003 after 38 years. For years after his retirement he enjoyed meeting his BI coworkers and friends for breakfast on Saturday's once a month. While most of Bill's work time was spent at BI, throughout his life he was always known for working multiple jobs: landscaping, janitorial services, detailing vehicles, truck driving, and working with show horses. He could fix almost anything or he would put you in touch with someone who could help you and do a good job. Bill was also known as a sharp dresser. Wherever he went, Bill was well known for driving a spotless car or truck. While many people did not know him by name they knew him by the look and sound of his cars and trucks. More than anything Bill enjoyed sitting on his deck waving to people who drove by and talking with those who stopped by. The only places he really ever wanted to be were Graham and Pittsboro. Bill will be greatly missed by his family and many friends in the community and especially his three children who were with him when he passed away at his home in Graham supported by Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in the name of Willie R. Hadley to Pittsboro Church of God, PO Box 1284, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Mask are required for viewing and services. Sharpe Funeral Home has the pleasure of serving the Hadley Family.
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